Starladder changed the venue from China to Ukraine
23 August 2016
Organizers of the second season StarLadder i-League StarSeries transferred LAN-finals from the Chinese city of Nanjing the capital of Ukraine. Also it has changed the start date of the tournament. The reason for the changes was the G20 summit, which will be held 4 and 5 September in Hangzhou.
Due to the summit of "Big Twenty" China has stepped up security measures and tightened the procedure for obtaining visas. According to representatives of StarLadder and ImbaTV, for many players were denied the right to enter China, in others the process of obtaining visas greatly delayed. According to the media, problems with the documents for entry started since the beginning of August.
The decision to hold LAN-finals of the second season in Kyiv organizers agreed with the participating teams. Start finals will be shifted from 7 to September 9, the tournament will end on 11 September. At the time of publication of this news the organizers have not announced the venue. Probably, they can become a local "Kiev eSports Arena"
16 teams, eight of which received direct invitations, and the rest went through the regional qualifying, will compete in Kiev for the cup champion of the second season, and a prize pool of $ 300,000.
Tonight completed the last qualification and became known to all holders of the slots on the LAN-finals. Another team will receive an invitation to the tournament instead of "SK Gaming". Recent refused to participate, as their key player Fernando «fer» Alvarenga had surgery on his nose, and until mid-September will be the recovery rate.
Also today, it was reported that, in addition to the "SK Gaming", the tournament will not be able to attend two more owner direct invitation - "Team Liquid" and "fnatic". Their places will be taken HellRaisers and GODSENT.
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